Regardless of dietary restrictions, food preferences or anything else that may stand in the way of enjoying a new culture’s cuisine, there is one culinary rule almost everyone can agree on: No matter where you go, you have to try the snacks! For both the well-traveled who long to revisit favorite snacks from abroad and those who can’t get out as often as they and their stomachs would prefer, is the subscription box service of every snacker’s dreams.
Featuring a box of curated snacks from a different country each month, Universal Yums subscriptions come in three sizes —Yum (at least six snacks), Yum Yum (at least 12 snacks), and Super Yum (at least 20 snacks) — for $25 per month, automatically renewed monthly until canceled. Annual memberships come with a small savings per box, and subscription gifts come in one-, three-, six- or 12-month options. Snacks generally include a country’s signature chips, cookies, crackers and a Yum bag featuring an assortment of candies and other unique sweets from the destination of the month. Each box contains a booklet detailing the snacks along with trivia and games featuring the current country, and larger boxes come with additional bonus content like recipes and additional trivia.
Aside from being invariably delicious, Universal Yums is just plain fun, from the hints on the outside of the box to the information, trivia and snack-rating chart inside. It replaces armchair travel with kitchen table travel, bringing tasty pieces of the world directly to your home each month.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
Spend the holidays at National Harbor, a growing destination conveniently located just south of Washington, D.C. National Harbor offers something for everyone this season, whether you’re traveling with the family in tow, seeking a romantic pre-holiday getaway or want to host a friends’ weekend for the season.